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Huskie track, field athletes break school records at Texas, Raleigh relays, notch Top 10 finishes

March 30, 2012
Rasheta Butler

Rasheta Butler

The Northern Illinois track & field team added to its record-setting season Friday at the Texas Relays, topping the school records in the 4×400 relay and sprint medley.

In addition, NIU registered two Top 10 finishes at one of the nation’s oldest and most competitive meets.

“Texas Relays is one of the top competitions held outdoors,” said Huskie head coach Connie Teaberry. “We had some solid performances this weekend, but we also missed some key opportunities to run faster. Even with some mishaps, our finishes in every event we entered were the best we had at (in Texas).”

“Jenner was the first athlete in my tenure to qualify for a final here. We are moving in the right direction.”

The Huskie quartet of Chanel Kellyman, Rebecca Cronin, Julianne Cronin and Rasheta Butler etched their names into the Northern record book with a run of 3:46.21 to finish fifth in the first heat and 26th in the 49-team field. The previous school mark was 3:46.84, set in 2007 by Carolyn Vasquez, Coretta Evans, Brittany Houghton and Lorene Skipper.

In the sprint medley, Kellyman, Janay Mitchell, Butler and Rebecca Cronin took eighth place in the sprint medley with a run of 3:57.72, which topped the previous school mark of 4:00.85 set by Kellyman, Roneisha Frye, Butler and Cronin at the 2011 Drake Relays.

The quartet of Kellyman, Mitchell, Frye and Butler finished 14th in the 4×100 relay with a 46.23 clip.

Jenner Sio took the highest finish of any Huskie in Austin with a sixth place showing in the triple jump. The Rockford, Ill., native leapt 39-08.50 (12.10m) for her best mark of the season.

Mitchell and Butler took 45th and 46th, respectively, in the 100 meters, clocking in at 11.98 and 11.99. Meanwhile, Megan Gregory took 36th in the 100 hurdles at 14.17, along with Frye running a 14.26 for 40th place.

Totzke enters record books at Raleigh Relays

Juliane Totzke

Juliane Totzke

Northern Illinois distance runner Juliane Totzke blazed her way into the record books Friday at North Carolina State with a record-setting run in the 5000 meters.

“This was a tremendous run for Juliane,” said Huskie assistant coach Greg Hipp.

“She had no goal time in mind coming in. She was just determined to compete tough to find out what she was capable of. The result surpassed my expectations and puts her in position for a great rest of the spring.”

Totzke ran the first sub-17 minute mark in NIU history with a 16:57.17 clip to finish in fifth place. The run toppled Alicia Czajka’s 17:02.45 that the former Huskie set in 2005 at the Mid-American Conference Championships. Her performance was also her first 5000 meter run at a collegiate meet.

The sophomore’s time ranks as the seventh best in the West Region and 12th nationally.

The Huskies return to action Friday, April 6, when they head to Chicago for the Chicagoland Intercollegiate Championships.

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